If anyone ever plans a dinner event to bring back all the legends of WWE, they might want to make a point not to seat the Honky Tonk Man and Ricky Steamboat at the same table.
In an interview on Kayfabe Wrestling Radio (as reported by LordsOfPain.net), the Honky Tonk Man (real name Wayne Farris) got angry at Steamboat for a comment the Dragon made about HTM’s character.
According to the report, Farris said his 64-week Intercontinental Championship run came when Butch Reed failed to show for a match for the title, which Steamboat held. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon inserted Farris into the match, and he wound up winning the title.
Farris said in the interview that Steamboat later claimed he did not like losing to an Elvis impersonator. And that raised Honky Tonk Man’s ire:
Well, you know, I look at it like this. Listen, Dragon, you could have lost it to a guy in a skirt blowing the bagpipes, or you could have lost it to a guy with a snake, or you could have lost it to Hulk Hogan, hey Brother with the 21-inch pythons, or you could have lost it to Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake and he could have shaved your head. You know, to say something like that, it struck a little chord with me and he was not the most professional that night.
Farris added later that he had return matches with Steamboat for the belt, and everything was fine.
In the interview, Farris said he also had issues with Tito Santana and Randy “Macho Man” Savage over the way their matches happened. But he did not say if he ever resolved his issues with either wrestler.
Farris also said in the interview that McMahon hated the fact that the product his company produced was being referred to as wrestling:
Vince was not really into the wrestling part of it. I mean, he loved it and that’s his life, but what you did in the ring was secondary to what he had planed for you. But I had developed this character to be a bad guy, not a good guy and he envisioned it as a good guy, but eventually about six months later, it eventually went back to what I had developed, which was the bad guy character.
Farris said he likes to refer to professional wrestling as “theatrical athletics.”
In a separate interview with Ring Rust Radio, Farris talked about the possibility of getting into the WWE Hall of Fame. He said in that interview that he was asked to join the Hall, but the invitation came too late, and he had another previously contracted obligation.
As for the possibility of getting in at a later date, the 59-year-old Farris, who still makes appearances as the Honky Tonk Man, told Ring Rust Radio, “If it does, it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't. It’s one of those things I have no control over.”
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